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MAY 

FOR ALL

“On the Farm” Photo Contest

Flanders is holding a photography contest from now through May 14 with entries eligible for two different sets of prizes! Entitled Flanders “On the Farm”, all photos must depict some element of farm life such as animals, equipment, crops, or buildings. The submitted photos will first be judged by Flanders judges with prizes given for the top three submissions based on composition, image quality and the story the image tells. The photos will then be displayed as a photographic exhibit as part of the Flanders Farm Day Event being held on Saturday May 21st. There attendees will be able to cast a “People’s Choice” vote for their favorite photos with a second set of prizes given for those three that come out on top. Contestants may submit up to 5 entries in 8″x 10” print format. Submissions must be mailed or dropped off to Flanders offices by May 14th along with an entry blank identifying the photographer of the photo for each submitted photo. The cost for one submission is $5, 2/$7, 3/ $10, 4/$13 and 5/$15. All proceeds to benefit Flanders programming.
Dates/Times: Now through May 14
Location: Photos can be taken on any farm.
For rules and more information, click HERE. To download a printable entry form, click HERE.

Wonderful World of Lichens

Do you ever wonder what those yellowish green circles are growing on trees? Or that grayish crusty stuff found on rocks? Most likely they are lichens, curious plants that are part fungus and part alga or cyanobacteria. They color our trees, rocks, boulders and soil – covering 8% of the Earth’s surface. Lichens are often the first to settle in places lacking soil and help to build up sufficient organic matter that eventually allows vascular plants to establish themselves. Lichens have been used to produce natural dyes, as food sources, potential antibiotics, and most recently as bio-indicators of air quality.

In this introductory presentation, participants will learn to recognize different lichen forms and structures, their ecology, habitat requirements and ancient and modern uses of lichens.

Lichens have quite a different appearance when viewed under a hand lens where one can observe beautiful pixie cups, disks and coral-like shrubs. Several specimens will be available for viewing through a stereo-microscope.

A short hike is planned in attempt to find and identify specimens.

Appropriate for ages 10 through adult.

Date:  Sunday, May 15
Location: the Sugar House located ¼ mile up Church Hill Road in Woodbury, CT
Cost: $10 members/$15 for nonmembers.  Click HERE to register

Farm Day Celebration

Capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of a real New England Farm, Flanders’ Farm Day is an annual favorite for families. There will be great food, live music and lots of family-friendly entertainment that will take place on the grounds throughout the day. This year we are excited to have mother /son celebrity horses Cupid and Arrow here and our first ever Flanders Farm Olympics! Come celebrate the great outdoors and get a taste of the farming life. The event will be held rain or shine.
Dates/Times: Saturday, May 21 / 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary
Cost: $6 per person; Free for Children age 3 and under.

“Paint the Farm” Artist Challenge

We are holding a “Paint the Farm” Artist Challenge, a timed event for artists to create works of art during the popular Flanders Farm Day event on Saturday, May 21st. This non-juried event is open to all plein air artists working in all media and includes a “Wet Paint” exhibition/sale from 3-4 at the hay wagon main stage. Visitors and art buyers can place bids in the silent auction or “buy it now” to take home newly created artwork. Flanders commission is 30% from Wet Paint Sales. Plein air artists are required to arrive by 11AM and must finish a painting by 2 PM to participate in the judging and wet paint sale. Monetary prizes will be awarded including a Popular Choice award where farm day visitors will vote for their favorite art. Limited to first 50 artists to register.
Dates/Times: Saturday, May 21 / 11AM-2PM during Farm Day Event
Location: The Van Vleck Sanctuary
Cost: $10 entry fee.  Click HERE to register

Birds and Other Wonders of the Whittemore Sanctuary

Using photos and natural history information to demonstrate the importance of land preservation and conservation locally, regional, and globally, Flanders will be hosting area naturalist Chris Wood who has been an active birder most of his life and who professionally has been involved with environmental and economic responsibilities for many organizations. He is a long time Woodbury resident who hikes, birds, and photographs in Flanders’ Whittemore Sanctuary several times a month throughout the year. Chris will give an engaging presentation on the natural diversity found there.
Dates/Times: Tuesday, May 17/ 7PM
Location: $10 members & $15/ non-members
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. Click HERE to register

FOR ADULTS

Artist Nature Journaling

Wildlife and habitat scenes in May are filled with endless opportunities for artists to create works of art from. Artists with all level of talent are invited to Flanders for a series of Wednesday mornings to capture inspiration for an artist journal. They will be guided by Melody Asbury a talented lifelong painter. Students can plan on painting and drawing outside or in the Van Vleck studio in case of rain. Pen and ink, watercolor or pencil or other portable mediums are all suitable. Students should bring a journal and the art medium of their choice to class.
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 & 25/ 9:30 -11:30 AM
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non Members for all classes. Click HERE to register

Needle Felting

Rachel Gerowe of Redbarn Originals will lead a workshop on needle felting an easy-to-learn craft that involves using a barbed needle to sculpt wool. The featured kit of the month is raccoons. People also have the option of choosing from a large variety of other available kits ranging in price from $15 to $35.Most kits include enough materials to make one sculpture in class and another at home. Participants can save $5 if they bring their own needles and foam. Have your own needle felting project going? For $10 bring it to class and receive guidance and support on it.
Dates/Times: Thursday, May 19 /7 PM
Location: The Van Vleck House
Cost: Varies from $15-$35 depending on kit chosen or bring your own project and receive guidance for $10

Painting Animal Classes

Come learn to paint and draw the animal of your choice or your own pet. Accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury will guide you through the process, showing basic structure and gesture. Also covered will be keeping an ongoing sketchbook , studying animals you have at hand from your own pets to birds at your feeders. Since it’s light longer some field trips to Flanders own barnyard may be included along with bringing some small animals to the studio for those who would like to try drawing from a live animal. All level of students are welcome and any media can be used. Classes will be held from 7pm – 9pm Wednesday evenings May 25- June 15. The cost for the four classes is $100 for Flanders members and $150 for non-members.
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, May 25 and June 1, 8, & 15
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non Members for all classes.   Click HERE to register

FOR KIDS

Farm School

Flanders offers a fun program for young children with a caregiver where kids can be “a farmer for the day” visiting and helping feed the animals who make their home at the Flanders North Barn. Continuing one Friday each month the focus will be on a different farm animal. In May the theme is “Horsing Around”. Horses are the mane event and participants will get the chance to meet our miniature horses. What do horses eat? Do they really sleep standing up? You will be amazed by horse facts, try your hand at grooming horses, learn about hoof care and feed the horses. Our art project will be to paint a horse…of course!
Dates/Times: Friday, May 20 /9:30AM
Location: North Barn
Cost: $5 per child and caretaker for Flanders members/ $10 non members.  Click HERE to register

Flanders’ Fabulous Summer Series 2016 Now Open for Registration!

For children ages 3 to 14
Do you want more than just a traditional “day camp” for your child this summer? Are you searching for a summer experience that will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the natural world? Flanders ’ popular Summer Series is the answer. On a 200-acre campus of forest, field, farm and pond, children learn about nature, art, agriculture and ecology in a healthy and stimulating outdoor environment. You’ll want to enroll your child in the morning, lunchtime garden and afternoon sessions, all summer long for full days of Flanders fun! But hurry, summer sessions fill up quickly! Call 203-263-3711 or click HERE to register.

To register for any programs, call 203-263-3711 or click on the registration link next to the program. Click here to become a Flanders member and receive a discount on programs!

JUNE

FOR ALL

Flanders “Field Forest 5K “ Trail Run Event

The Field & Forest 5K is an all-age walk/run through the woods and fields of Flanders, officially timed by Fast Track Timing. Enjoy the picturesque nature sanctuary in Woodbury CT, and a post-race celebration with local food trucks – El Camion Taco Truck, The Pizza Truck Company, The Ice Cream Truck, craft beer, and live entertainment with the rock band, Root Six.

New this Year – Erik LeMoullec, of Back to Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture, will be on hand post-race to provide Active Release Technique to participants.

Dates/Times: Friday, June 10 / 6 PM
Location: Starting line is at the Sugar House
Cost: $30 per registrant before June 1 / $35 per registrant between June 1 – 9 / $40 per registrant on race day.  Click HERE for more information or Click HERE to register.

Whittemore Sanctuary Bird Hike…and Other Wonders

Chris Wood who has been an active birder most of his life and who professionally has been involved with environmental and economic responsibilities for many organizations. He is a long time Woodbury resident who hikes, birds, and photographs in Flanders’ Whittemore Sanctuary several times a month throughout the year. Chris will give an engaging presentation on the natural diversity found there.
Dates/Times: Saturday/ June 4 at the Whittemore Sanctuary
Location: $5 members & $10/ non-members
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. Click HERE to register

Marvelous Edible Plants and Mushrooms

The summer months are a bounty of ripe berries, nectar-laden edible flowers, and the amazing edible plants along the seashore, as edible mushrooms carpet the forest floor after warm, rainy days. Learn how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare the wild foods of summer, from beach plums to invasive wineberries, including some of the choice summer fungi like chanterelles and the myriad of pored Boletes. Join The 3 Foragers as they teach the edible plants and fungi of summer with their original photos and recipe ideas, and then take a short stroll outside to put some of those newly learned skills to the test.

The 3 Foragers are a family from southeastern Connecticut who have been foraging wild foods and fungi, and blogging about their adventures for over ten years. Their new book, Adventures in Edible Plant Foraging: Finding, Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Native and Invasive Wild Plants, is available from Amazon or directly from the author at events. The 3 Foragers were included in the March/April issue of Yankee Magazine, discussing family-friendly and sustainable foraging.

Dates/Times: Saturday/ June 11 at the Sugar House
Location: $5 members & $10/ non-members
Cost: $10 Members / $15 Non Members. Click HERE to register

FOR ADULTS

Painting Animal Classes

Come learn to paint and draw the animal of your choice or your own pet. Accomplished wildlife artist Melody Asbury will guide you through the process, showing basic structure and gesture. Also covered will be keeping an ongoing sketchbook , studying animals you have at hand from your own pets to birds at your feeders. Since it’s light longer some field trips to Flanders own barnyard may be included along with bringing some small animals to the studio for those who would like to try drawing from a live animal. All level of students are welcome and any media can be used. Classes will be held from 7pm – 9pm Wednesday evenings May 25- June 15. The cost for the four classes is $100 for Flanders members and $150 for non-members.
Dates/Times: Wednesdays, May 25 and June 1, 8, & 15
Location: The Studio
Cost: $100 Members / $150 Non Members for all classes.   Click HERE to register